YOU ARE THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYES

Saturday 21st November – Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reflection: Zechariah 2: 14-17

YOU ARE THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYES

Growing up in the traditional African setting; where beautiful community life is practiced, it is common to have children engage in ‘street fights’. In many of such cases, the mothers of the children are thrown into conflict as they fight tooth and nail in support of their children; even when they are obviously at wrong. Partiality is not a virtue, but any true African mother would understand. For each mother, her child is the apple of her eyes, and she would do anything for this child.

More than an only son is to his African mother; you are the apple of God’s eyes and He has promised you His unending love and protection. Anyone could argue that is unfair that it was God’s will for the sinless Jesus to bear our sins, suffer and die (2 Corinthians 5: 21); but that is what God’s love is: ‘amazing’.

Beloved, see how much God loves you and learn from His mother; Mary to love God in your neighbour as Christ commanded. Today, as we celebrate the Feast of her Presentation, she tells us as always: “Do whatever He tells you.” (Jn 2:5)

PRAYER: Dear God, teach us to love as you love us. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 33 – What does it mean to say that God is love?

If God is love, then there is nothing created that is not carried and surrounded by his infinite benevolence. God not only declares that he is love, he also proves it: “Greater love has no man than, this that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

HIDE A TREASURE: “This is love: not that we loved God but that he first loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if such has been the love of God, we, too, must love one another.” John 4: 10-11 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Zechariah 2: 10-13; Luke 1: 46-55; Matthew 12: 46-50

PRAY YOUR ROSARY

Tuesday 7th October – Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Reflection: Luke 10: 38-42

PRAY YOUR ROSARY

The feast we celebrate today is a memorial in honour of our Blessed Mother. The feast was instituted by Pope Pius V to celebrate the anniversary of the defeat of the Turkish fleet at the battle of Lepanto on the first Sunday in October 1571. This defeat ended the threat of Muslin domination of the Mediterranean and was ascribed in part to the prayers and processions of the Rosary confraternity in Rome. The feast was later moved to a fixed date of October 7th as it is now.

Dear friends, what makes the Rosary so important to us as Catholics? The Rosary is a very powerful prayer that has been passed down to us for centuries. It is a prayer that brings us to a deep reflection on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ and that of His Mother as we go through the mysteries As we reflect on their lives, we see the virtues that they exhibited and we ask for the grace of such virtues in our own journey. The Rosary brings us to the very heart of our faith as Christians; leading us from Jesus’ incarnation through His death, to His ascension. Because of the great power of this devotion, the Church has approved many apparitions in which the Blessed Virgin asks that we pray the Rosary each day for ourselves and for the peace of the world.

Beloved, let us not allow our devotion to the Rosary to be simply an outward action of wearing it around our necks or having it hanging in our homes. Let us make out time each day to pray the Rosary. As Jesus told Martha in our reading, only one thing is needful: to sit at Jesus feet and listen to Him as Mary her sister did. Dear friends, listen to our Lord as He speaks to you through the Rosary and ask our Mother for her constant help and prayers.

PRAYER: Hail! Mary; full of grace! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God; pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2682 – Because of Mary’s singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her and to entrust supplications and praises to her.

HIDE A TREASURE: “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

John 2:5 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Galatians 1: 13-24; Psalm 139: 1-3, 13-15; Luke 10: 38-42

LEARNING FROM OUR MOTHER

Saturday 28th June – Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Reflection: Luke 2: 41-51

LEARNING FROM OUR MOTHER

As we read about the lives of several Biblical characters, we are astounded by the great faith and trust they had in God. A faith that remained unshaken even in the midst of difficulties. Think of Abraham, Joseph the son of Jacob, David, Daniel etc and we’ll find so much to learn from their faith.

Today, we will reflect on the faith of our Blessed Mother, Mary. Can you imagine what it would have meant for Mary when the news of her pregnancy went public and she was still unmarried? Imagine the shame and humiliation she may have experienced. Yet, she offered herself to be used as God’s vessel to bring His Son into the world regardless of the difficulties she would encounter along the line.

Today, Scripture records that she “stored up all these things in her heart.” There was so much she did not understand about her Son but she knew God had a plan which He would fulfil in His own unique way. You and I can find no better way to honour our Blessed Mother than by imitating her great faith. Like Mary, let us trust God, who knows the purpose for our lives. Let us rely on Him always especially in times of uncertainty. As we trust and obey God, His perfect plan for us will unfold each new day just as it did for Mary.

Prayer: Dearest Mother, you remind me each day to do whatever Jesus tells me. Please intercede for me that I may trust God absolutely like you did and obey Him always.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 479 What can we learn from the way in which Mary prayed?

To learn from Mary how to pray means to join in her prayer: “Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Prayer is ultimately self-giving in response to God’s love. If we say Yes as Mary did, God has the opportunity to lead his life in our life.

HIDE A TREASURE: “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5 RSV-CE

Readings for today: Isaiah 61: 9-11; 1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-8; Luke 2: 41-51